Dale Weise scored just six goals in the regular season, but he saved his biggest goal for the playoffs.
by Drew Sarver
NHL Playoffs are one of the most exciting times in all of sports. NHL playoff games that go to overtime ramp up the excitement by an immeasurable amount. Of course, if you are a fan of one of the two teams, sudden death hockey can be extremely nerve wracking. Just ask the fans who watched the seventh game of the 1994 Eastern Conference finals between the New York Rangers and New Jersey Devils.
The Montreal Canadiens and Tampa Bay Lightning did battle four times during the regular season with three games ending in overtime or a shootout. With no shootout, thankfully, in the playoffs, the two teams went to OT in Game 1 o their opening round series Wednesday night.
Montreal outshot Tampa Bay 44-25, but Anders Lindback, filling in for injured starter Ben Bishop, kept his team in the game. The Lightning blew 1-0 and 2-1 leads and the Canadiens couldn’t maintain 3-2 and 4-3 advantages. The tying goal came when the Lightning’s Alex Killorn fought his way out of his own zone, which resulted in two-on-one advantage. Habs’ goalie Carey Price committed to Killorn, who then deftly slid a pass to sniper Steven Stamkos, who merely tapped the puck into the open net.
Shots on goal were nine apiece in overtime, but it was the Canadiens final shot with just 1:52 left in the first overtime that ended the night. Montreal’s Daniel Briere backhanded a pass from behind the Lightning yet to Dale Weise, who was alone in the slot. Weise fired home the game winner for a 1-0 advantage in the series for Montreal.
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